Nicaragua’s Geography and Landscape

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The Nicaraguan Pacific is characterized by the volcanic region of the country.

Rising sun behind the vocano in Nicaragua
Nearby to the south of the city of Granada, on the western bank of Lake Nicaragua is the Mombacho Volcano. That gave rise to the formation of small islands of Granada where Jicaro Island Ecolodge is locarted. This is a small island to enjoy a good holiday. From here you can see a nice view of the colossal volcano Mombacho, sometimes clear and elsewhere covered by clouds.

Guests prepare for a hike in Nicaragua

Emily and Angelo prepare for their hike to see volcanoes and wildlife in Nicaragua.

Emily and Angelo who stayed on the island for a few days, did not miss the opportunity to visit the volcano.They  began their adventure with a small boat ride passing between islands to reach the main-land where transportation was waiting for them. Then continued on to the shores of the city of Granada and continued up to the base of the volcano where they boarded a 4×4 vehicle to ascend to the top of the volcano. The weather up there, unlike Granada, was very fresh,  on this morning there were many clouds.

Once they started their trek,  they found one of the most fascinating amphibians that lives in the cloud forest of Mombacho, the red-eyed green frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Our guests could hold it in their hands and then return it to its natural habitat. Emily and Angelo comments that this was the first time they saw this type of frog in the natural environment which was fascinating for them.

A guest holds onto a red eyed green frog at Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Look at this little red eyed green frog!

Walking around one of the craters covered with the cloud forest, they passed between walls of volcanic rock covered with moss. During the trip we could see a variety of epiphytic plants such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and more. Halfway through we visited the small vents where they could felt the heat released by the volcano, evidence that the volcano is still very much alive.

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